Gender & Sexuality - The Hijras of India
Today we look at excerpts
from the book Neither
Man nor Woman:
The Hijras of India written by Serena Nanda (Belmont, CA,
Wadsworth, 1990). To begin you will divide into groups to read
and discuss your written responses to the excerpts. Then we will
have a group discussion.
If our conversation doesn't include a discussion of the many gods and
goddesses of Hinduism, we will consider that in particular. I
will also give you some basic information on the caste system and the
four stages of life.
Tuesday (after the break)
You will each receive a copy of the
Diversity and Ethics in the Agenda of Progressive Muslims" by Scott
Siraj al-Haqq Kugle from a book called Progressive Muslims: On Gender Justice and
Pluralism ed. Omid Safi (London, Oxford, One World, 2003).
This is a challenging article to read so give yourself plenty of
a response to the article, carefully making references to the text
where necessary. What did you learn from your reading that
interested or surprised you? What did you find difficult to
understand? What questions did the articles raise for you?
Your response should be at least a page long.
Post your response
to the Web CT topic called "Progressive Muslims" and
bring a hard copy with
you to class for Tuesday after the break.